Three teams tied at Beau Pré tournament

Published 12:00 am Saturday, October 7, 2000

Despite a strong, chilly wind Saturday, three teams shot a five-under-par 67 to share the first-place lead at the Budweiser Four Ball Golf Tournament at Beau Pr\u00E9 Country Club.

The three leading teams are Brent Loupe and Tommy Langois, Mike Scurria and Richard Hageman, and Benny Bell of Gloster and Benny Easley of McComb.

&uot;We didn’t do anything exciting,&uot; Scurria said. &uot;We were just pretty steady. We hit a lot of greens and we only had to chip on one hole. The wind was gusty and moving the ball in all different directions.

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&uot;This is the first time Richard and I have played this course,&uot; he added. &uot;It really keeps your attention.&uot;

Scurria and Hageman had five birdies and no bogeys, as did Easley and Bell.

&uot;Benny had five birdies and hit the ball beautiful,&uot; Easley said. &uot;The only thing that disappointed us was we didn’t birdie any of the par-5s. We kept the ball in play all day.

&uot;Another 67 in the cold tomorrow could win the tournament,&uot; he said.

The team of Danny Butler and Sam Mafouz is one shot back with a 68.

Two teams are tied for fifth with a 69 – P.Z. Brewer and Bo Lovitt and Glenn Roscoe and Dale Cagnolatti.

&uot;We both hit the ball well. We could’ve done better, but we played solid,&uot; Brewer said. &uot;We just didn’t make the putts on the back nine that we did on the front nine. But we were proud of our round. We’ll be ready tomorrow.&uot;

&uot;We hit it good,&uot; Roscoe said. &uot;We had one bad hole on the par-5 fifth, where we had a double-bogey. The golf course played real well and was in good shape. We just couldn’t get the putts to fall in.&uot;

Five teams shot a two-under-par 70, including the team of Hayden Kaiser III and Chad Huber.

&uot;It’s such a great tournament,&uot; Kaiser said.

Tee times for today’s final round start at 7:42 a.m.